First, a bit of an administrative announcement: this newsletter has struggled to find its form, and I’ve been looking for something that will support a couple emails a month, especially during times where my writing is being driven towards some anthology projects (and thus not immediately available to read), and I think I’ve settled on it. So, starting now (just down below these words! Keep going!) I’ll be providing twice-monthly: (1) an update on my projects, (2) some work from authors I enjoy that is available for purchase, and (3) some work from authors I enjoy you can read for free! It should be a fun way to highlight some great work while ensuring I’m sending this out regularly.
My updates, as mentioned above, are mostly projects you can’t get your hands on yet. However I did publish the free, short I run a cursed images website, the recent submissions are scaring me this week which was fun quick one with a creepy ending, I hope you enjoy.
In terms of work you can purchase, S.F. Barkley adapted her NoSleep-monthly-awarding-winning story I’m a cop and I keep getting called to the same house into a forthcoming full-length novel from Between the Lines Publishing. Available this Tuesday, October 22nd, Patch Lane can be pre-ordered now. I’m personally very excited for this one!
A second link this week is to Modern Dread: Neurohorror, a collection of 4 horror novellas by Charlotte O’Farrell, David Feuling, Micah Edwards, and Derek Hawke. These four writers collaborated, each providing one frightening novella to this fantastic collection.
For some free stories you can read now, each newsletter I’ll highlight either an author or a group of stories on a similar theme that you can read now (for free!).
This week I’ll be doing the former, and highlighting the work of NoSleep Writer PoloniumPoisoning. She is a Brazilian writer and is prolific (more than 30 stories in the last two months) and is constantly churning out popular stories (despite, and this fact amazes me when I read her work, not writing in her native language).
I asked her to share five of her favorite stories of her own to share, along with one by someone else that she really liked, here they are:
My town survives by making human sacrifices. But someone had to go and ruin everything. I’ve loved folk horror stories about secluded towns and the deals they make to protect themselves since a reading of The Lottery (at probably far too young an age), and this one is a great story in that same vein. This tale is set in a slightly different setting, but with the same deadly odds.
My best friend Felicity Mills went missing 35 years ago, at age 17. Not even her remains were found also deals with a remote community trying to survive in a changing world, and the lengths people will go to protect it. This one strips away the supernatural edge, and deals with the horror that is people.
The family experiment (warning: self harm and sexual situations): This series deals with a family locked in a house and monitored around the clock for an experiment. The catch? They’re completely blocked off from the world, and they can never leave.
My patient has been feeling invisible hairs inside her left eye for 8 years (warning: self harm). This story is wildly uncomfortable and creepy, if you like body horror this one will leave you squirming.
The Lazarus Experiment (recommended by this week’s author, written by Richard Saxon): a found diary explores a wartime experiment gone wrong, with a horrible twist ending.
Hope you enjoy this week’s stories.